From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Germinate \Ger"mi*nate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Germinated; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Germinating.] [L. germinatus, p. p. of
   germinare to sprout, fr. germen. See Germ.]
   To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant
   or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ. --Bacon.
   [1913 Webster]
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